Saturday, 28 April 2012

Famagusta Orange Festival


Whilst out and about this week I noticed the sudden appearance of these fantastic dolphins made from oranges at the Cultural Centre of Occupied Ammochostos (Famagusta) I was intrigued and wondered why they were there. 

It turns out that up until 1974 when the Turkish invasion of Cyprus took place there was an Orange Festival held each year in Varosha (the part of Famagusta which is now under UN control)  Because of its proximity the cultural centre apparently commemorated the event this weekend with a visit from the Agricultural Minister and Defence Minister of Cyprus. 

There was little information to be found as if often the case with events here but after a bit of digging I found a website with some great photos and information about the 1936 Orange festival. 

The last festival took place in March 1974. 


Looking through the oranges towards Varosha




Written as part  of my Discovering Cyprus posts.

2 comments:

  1. Hey Emma, this was the information the Cyprus Mail should have delivered eh? Nice one

    Best Wishes

    Jackie

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  2. Thanks for adding this post to the travel round-up at BritMums. That first photo is fantastic, particularly when I click on it to see the detail. 
    Do you think they might bring back the festival on an annual basis?

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